The Rotary Club of Belfast actively continues to support District Project Rombo. The Club have recently received from Elaine Bannon in Rombo an update on activities there during 2012. She particularly thanks all Rotary in Ireland for their support.
She notes that they received their first rains since the previous year in October!! This meant that the Foto grass at the Volunteer House (shown left) is growing again and they have planted a small garden with Kale and potatoes. The chicken in the new chicken house laid their first eggs in December.
Thanks to the generosity of the shoppers in Belfast Tesco Knocknagoney and the Park Centre in the weeks before Christmas £4,500 was collected and will be distributed to the charities ShelterBox, Special Olympics Ireland, Aware Defeat Depression and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The Club is particularly grateful to all the collectors (members and their families and representatives of the charities) and the Belfast West Rotary Club who collaborated at the Park Centre and whose members helped with the collections there.
The Club organised its traditional Christmas Party for the Mitchell House Junior School on 19 December. As in previous years it was another resounding success, enjoyed by the children, staff and the helping Rotarians.
The children enjoyed some singing, games, drinks and snacks supplied by the Club and another hilarious show by Magic George who never ceases to have not only the children in raptures but also the staff and the helping Rotarians.
Santa (who had a remarkable resemblance to PP Courtenay Thompson) then distributed presents for each child.
Financial Adviser Brian Gillespie was inducted as a member of the Club by President Alan.
Sponsored by PP Brian Clements, he is a former member and Hon. Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Enniskillen.
We are collecting during this week, as part of our Christmas Charity Collections, under our Tree of Remembrance at the Park Centre, Belfast. Shoppers who donate are being invited to write a private, personal message on ribbons which are then attached to the Tree. All the ribbons, each with their own story, will be dedicated in 2013.
The charities supported this year are: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Special Olympics Ireland, Aware, Defeat Depression and ShelterBox and we will be there every day 10.00 - 7.00pm up to and including Saturday.
Further information on our charity collections can be seen here.
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Continuing the special Centenary recognition of Past Presidents of long standing who have continued to significantly contribute to the work of the Club, President Alan bestowed a Paul Harris Fellowship on Past President Victor McKirgan at the Club Christmas Dinner, held 10 December 2012 in The Uslter Reform Club.
This year ShelterBox is one of the 3 organisations being supported by the Daily Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal. Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine contained an article on ShelterBox featuring a recent Shelterbox deployment and noting the relationship with Rotary. In ‘Thinking inside the box’ reporter Sally Williams describes her visit to a refugee camp in Domiz, Northern Iraq as winter approaches.
The Club were delighted to welcome Ambassadorial Scholar, Delia Ferguson from The Bahamas to the Club meeting Monday 03 December 2012. Having been introduced by PP Bryan Johnson she thanked the Club and exchanged banners with President Alan.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nassau, she was studying Engineering Construction Methods and Policy at Queens University, Belfast.
We have recently presented from our Children in Hospital Appeal two XBox 360 + Kinect with several games to the Beechcroft Childrens Unit at Foster Green. Picture shows Jackie Wilson, Ward Manager, and PP Brian Ferguson with the XBoxes after the presentation. (click to enlarge)
The money is raised for Children in Hospital through our weekly donations and disbursements have been carefully targeted at areas where it really does “make a difference.” It is difficult to explain just how much these things mean to the children in hospital. The most striking thing we have found is that while the hospitals are almost always excellent in providing purely medical care, they sometimes seem to overlook the more personal problems. They seem to be able to spend millions of pounds in certain areas but struggle and delay to find small amounts in others.
Full details can be seen here